Birthday Club member is one!

We set up the appointment months ago since the fall dates and times book up so quickly. Leo, one of our birthday club members, just turned one! This family got super lucky with the weather for their family session. Those little noses don’t last long in the cold weather, but we had tons of sun. And the temperatures were not terribly cold for November. When they arrived Lisa said she never thought she would be one of those people that did matching outfits. But when she decided she wanted plaid it just worked out better for them to all have shirts that matched. It looked great in the photos, and we think either is good for sessions – matching or not. It really doesn’t matter, as long as, the clothing coordinates with each other. The buffalo plaid that she decided was actually great for the location that we picked. They really popped on any green backgrounds we did and then the fall foliage made the family photos look very seasonal. Leo took a minute to warm up to us, however once he got going he just kept smiling. He enjoyed taking photos with mom and dad but also liked to show off his standing and climbing skills. He will be walking very soon. Mom brought a chair for him but he really just wanted to show us that he could walk around it. Then when we tried some photos on a blanket he preferred rolling around. We did get some cute photos of him kneeling and showing off his balancing skills. Throughout all the options Leo was just happy. Then the cupcakes came out! He was not interested in moving around once those cupcakes were in front of him. He just wanted to stay right there and “eat” them. He destroyed all the cupcakes but really didn’t eat much, he would put it up to his mouth and then just play with the other ones. We never know what to expect when we do the cake smash photos. Leo gave us something new – play with but not eat. It was just a great one year session, we are so happy that Leo is part of our birthday club so we can watch him grow. #ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #oneyear #birthdayclub

Girls in the park

A perfectly wonderful day at the park with the perfectly wonderful family. There are sessions that may seem challenging to parents trying to get the kids to cooperate, however we only need one split second to get the photo. We couldn’t stop smiling when we reviewed these photos, just so many to choose from in there. We have done many sessions together and when baby sister arrived the sessions changed a bit. Getting two children to stay in one spot adds another element to the fun. Now that the weather was nice we did the session outdoors, this makes everything a bit easier and harder at the same time. The open area gives the kids a chance to run around instead of having to stay in one spot like when they are in the studio. At the same time, running around keeps everyone on their toes the whole time, but makes it much easier for us to work with the kids in finding a location they want to sit.
We started off with some photos of the girls together because we knew that was something we wanted to accomplish for sure…well we got it! Family photos were great too because the smiles just kept coming from everyone. We did have to put in some bubble guppy trivia, but whatever works it fine with us. We wanted to make sure that each girl got a chance to have photos by themselves. Since Clare is old enough to tell us what she likes we took her photos in front of a door. She wanted “to see who was home” Despite the smiles we got I think she was a bit upset nobody answered the door, haha! Hannah didn’t get to pick her spots for photos however she showed us that no matter where we put her she was going to smile about it. I have no idea how mom and dad are going to narrow down from this session. Get them all!!

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A dinosaur specialist joined us for this session.

Why does it seem like our birthday club members are growing up so fast? After the first two years we see them yearly, which seems like a long time, however the time goes by so fast and then here we are again at the park for a birthday session. James was ready for his session when he got to the park with mom and dad. He had just gotten a hair cut and brought his prize from the salon with him. It was a rubber snake – boy did that come in handy. James didn’t have any trouble smiling but he really cracked up with the snake was dancing around, singing a song or tickling mom or dad. James did swing it around between poses and we quickly realized that it had some bounce to it, making it a sort of rubbery weapon when you got to close to him. It was just great to see him give it up when it was time for him to take photos again. Last time we did photos it was all James alone, so this year it was time to get some family photos. We got so many options because James loved smiling with mom and dad, his favorite was probably sitting on dads back for a photo! After some funny faces with dad, kisses for mom and some wonderful photos of James alone we decided to continue the fun. James really loves dinosaurs so we met in Forest park since there are a couple of dinosaur statues there. We knew that he would have fun playing with them, well he couldn’t exactly play with them, but he was able to hide behind them and sit on their feet. Of course, mom thought of everything and brought some dinosaur toys to play with during the photos. James sat down to play with the statues in the background, a perfect photo. He even gave us a lesson on some of his favorite dinosaurs as well as answered all the questions from dad about the types of dinosaurs correctly. Well, I guess he did because we don’t know much about dinosaurs! It was wonderful to catch up after such a crazy year. See you again next year!

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Little girl with lots of sass!

We have worked with this family for so many years now it seems that some sessions become easier and easier. But this sassy little girl tends to give us a run for our money each time we see her. However, we are always up for it and mom is always prepared to get in the photo if needed. To be honest,  the photos we get with mom in them playing with her daughter are just super sweet. So having those is an extra bonus along with all the great photos that we end up with at the end of the session. Some children just take a little bit more warming up to the photos than others. Instead of sitting them down and laughing and singing songs we need to quietly relax look around our surroundings, play with some flowers, or watch some passerby people until the children are ready to smile. That is exactly what we had to do with Adelynn. Unfortunately, when we arrived at the park it started to drizzle a little bit but we looked at the weather and decided we were going to give it a try no matter what. We tucked ourselves under some trees watch the ducks for a little bit. Then moved to some beautiful flowers – looking and smelling those helped calm her down. After that she was all smiles the rest of the session! She sat on her a little bench, she danced and stomped around, and she laughed at the silly sounds mom made for her. With two older brothers this little one needs to stand her own and she definitely does. Mom says she has her hands full and we don’t doubt that on bit. However, this sweet little girl, once warmed up gives us the most precious photos will see you next time Adelynn.

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Get it done!

The Birthday Club allows us to see this beautiful family multiple times a year! We enjoy catching up and getting the opportunity to capture the important milestones of each of their children’s lives. This year we’ve seen them even more as we’ve been celebrating the youngest of the three’s first year! Not this time though – our focus was all on Aiden & Noah! After their busy morning of soccer, we met at Forest Park where the weather was perfect. (Sunny, but otherwise perfect!) The boys took their turns being photographed in between outfit changes, then we updated some family photos and got some shots of the big brothers with their baby sister! Mom even came prepared with a quilted blanket, which made for a cozy sibling photo. Sometimes it takes a few bribes for those non-fake smiles. In this instance, “Bakugan” did the trick! Little did we know, Bakugans are small transforming toys that become various creatures after you throw them down or hit them on something metal. We got to check them out after the shoot! How fun! It’s always helpful to bring some extra hands to your session. Dad kept Adelynn busy while it wasn’t her time to shine, but the boys are pros at this point, so he didn’t have to keep her busy for long! We ventured around the Jewel Box and ended our session at a giant structure the boys enjoyed climbing onto. The number of times we have been to Forest Park is unbelievable, but we always find a way to make each session unique! Aside from all the location possibilities within the park, they are constantly changing up the horticulture. Birthday Club sessions are a constant reminder of how valuable photographs are. These kids grow so much in a years’ time! We love capturing these milestones – from newborn to twelve years old. This family is never too busy to squeeze in a session at a nearby park! #brothers #forestparkforever #ravettaphotography #birthdayclub

Birthday Boy

Loyalty is defined as a strong feeling of support. When we meet a client we hope to gain that feeling of support from them as we photograph the milestones in their lives. We want to show them how loyal we are to our craft of creating amazing images for them to enjoy for a lifetime. This little boy has been a joy to watch grow. As a member of our birthday club we have many more sessions to get to know his personality – which is already shining through in these photos. Mom and dad selected us to be their wedding photographer years ago and knowing the quality images we provide wanted to join our birthday club when they started a family. This is the exact definition of loyalty when it relates to our studio. We start a relationship early and maintain it for many years! This particular family lives a bit farther away from our studio so we decided for this session to meet about half way between us and them. Luckily it was a beautiful day to take photos in the park. We even added a few photos with the grandparents to make this session special. When we started we wanted to be sure to capture those family photos first so we could see how well this little guy was at sitting up. He was doing so well that we jumped right into photos of him by himself. The smiles just poured out so we quickly moved to new locations, different poses and tested those new sitting up skills. With a bright blue shirt that enhanced his stunning eyes mom and dad are going to have a hard time selecting their favorite photos. Not to mention the great family photos we got as well. It’s going to be a joy watching this guy grow up – he might be walking at the next session! #ravettaphotography #parkphotos #stlphotographer #fallsession

Matt is One

Matthew is one and that’s so exciting. It’s not often we get to do a birthday session on a birthday club members actual birthday. When mom contacted us she was hoping we would have his birthday available to do an outdoor session. It worked out perfectly with the weather and time of day. We went early morning and it was wonderful outside. The lighting was amazing with some cloud cover keeping away any heat. Mom brought a few props to use which is a great way to make any session more unique. Matthew was ready to smile for some of mommy’s songs, sounds and smiles. Despite the fact that he is now walking he was willing to stay in the spot we put him. Well at least the first few spots, then he realized it was much more fun to play in the dirt and get away from the camera. A few photos with mom and dad not only kept Matthew still but only enhanced the smiles he was giving. He loved being sandwiched between his two favorite people. We even got a few candid images of him with mom laughing and then walking with dad. These small moments are going to be great memories for him as he gets older. Also a way for mom and dad to look back at how small Matthew is right now as we capture these seconds during his birthday club photo shoot. As we meet a few times during the first year it’s great to watch the personality come out at each of our sessions. This time Matthew laughed at our goofy sounds, and was having fun showing off his walking skills. He has only just started to walk but he will be a master very soon. The next session we will be chasing him around and having fun while we do so! See you in 6 months Matthew. #birthdayclub #ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #oneyear #familyoutside

Mask it up

Birthday club session with great kids are wonderful! With everything going on we are trying to keep some distance between us and the clients when we are doing our sessions. When we have young children we often have an assistant to help with keeping them in place and doing silly things to make them laugh. However, right now since we are not getting as close as usual the assistant is their best to get those great smiles from behind the camera. Sometimes there are sessions that have no need for an assistant because the kids are ready to smile the moment they arrive. I knew when we set up this appointment that these boys have been so great the past few sessions they would have no trouble. This session was set up for Lucas who turned 6, but his little brother was all about being in the photos too! After some family images, even getting that mask photo to show our lives right now, the brother posed for a few together. They knew exactly what to do, listened to any directions they were given and smiled at the silly faces I made. And being able to play with the monkey we brought was fun for them too. This perfect behavior could be because they are birthday club members we have been taking photos of them since they were newborns. They know us, are comfortable with us and that helps us capture those real smiles as we interact with each other. Mom said there was a bit of bribing before the session, which all parents do, but whatever these boys were promised they deserved every bit of it. We will see them again soon when Charlie’s birthday comes up and we are looking forward to it! #birthdayclub #ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #parkphotos #familyoutside

Summer Girl

Birthday club members are fun for us because we get to see the children grow. At times parents are looking for something a bit different to do during the sessions. We have done themed milestone sessions, sometimes we are inside and sometimes we are outside to make each visit unique. When you are doing 6 sessions during the first 2 years trying something new helps the parents, children and us enjoy each time we meet. When we scheduled this cutie’s 8 month session and mom wanted to bring along grandma and great grandma. Wow, a four generation photo! This was such a great idea and we were excited to capture it. It is not often that a family has four generations making these sessions even more important and memorable. An outdoor session in July is always questionable because of the heat, however this particular morning there was a nice breeze in the shade giving us a bit of relief. We wanted to start with all the ladies together and quickly got some great images of each generation with the baby as well as a group of all of them together. I know this family is really going to cherish these photos for many years! Of course we needed to take a few photos of the big girl all by herself. She did a perfect job of showing off her standing skills as well as her amazing smile. She is definitely a mommy’s girl because the biggest grins came when she was looking at mom or laughing at mom. With two brothers at home this girl was ready to show off her fancy side with some big bows and ruffle dresses, she had no problem with a few clothing changes. We are looking forward to her fun 1 year session when we’re sure she will be walking and keeping us on our toes following her around! See you soon. #ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #birthdayclub #outdoor #parkphotos

One year birthday club

Have you ever wanted your photographer to come to your house? We can do that for you! Getting ready is so stressful that when we come to your house it takes a bit of the pressure off of naps, traveling, snacks, etc. We are able to work outside your home using the landscaping or walls. It’s also possible for us to be indoors if you prefer, photo in the living room or kids bedroom with their favorite toys. We arrived at a birthday club member’s home to take one year photos of Christian. It was a very warm day so we knew that we would have to work fast. From the moment everyone came outside they started getting very warm, luckily the spots picked were in the shade. Mom had already picked out a few favorite places in the yard to do the photos. They were beautiful areas and worked great. A simple white brick wall really makes the subject pop in the photos. And of course greenery and trees always looks wonderful in the photos. The evening rain made the grass all wet but a large fan not only helped dry the grass but added a much needed breeze to cool everyone off. The session was mainly for 1 year photo but big brother was ready to go and smiled so we had to do a photo of him looking so cute. Parents usually have an idea of what they want but sometimes it just doesn’t go according to plan. Kids skip naps, need extra snacks, want to play or are really just not in the mood. Being at home does give the opportunity to relax in a familiar area until the kids are ready for photos. Honestly we are able to get a few photos out of any children. It just takes a bit more effort, no problem! Christian settled down and we got some sweet faces of him against the white brick. He really wanted to be held for the family photos but that was alright. I think that after all the chaos this birthday club family will be very happy. #ravettaphotography #stlphotographer #birthdayclub #athome #1yearsession